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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Nov 11, 2013 12:22am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Video-Cellar, I have a question about the copyright of 1950s US series 'My Hero'

All episodes of My Hero were published with 1952/53 copyright notices and never registered or renewed and should be fine to upload.

For the 1952 pilot it would depend on how it was sold. If it was made for a network and never aired, it would probably be unpublished. If it was made independently and shopped around for a network or syndication it might be OK. Also do some checking. Lots of failed 1950s TV pilots ended up filling single episode spots in anthology series.

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Poster: The_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Nov 11, 2013 1:07am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Video-Cellar, I have a question about the copyright of 1950s US series 'My Hero'

Thank you for the information!

Also, I am a bit confused about the show "Private Secretary". It appears released by several PD distributors yet it appears all the episodes were submitted for copyright and renewed. Is there an explanation for this?

Again, any help would be appreciated.

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2013-11-11 09:07:56

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Nov 11, 2013 1:39am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Video-Cellar, I have a question about the copyright of 1950s US series 'My Hero'

As far as I can see they didn't renew most of the fifth and sixth series. It might be that the PD distributors are only using episodes from towards the end of the show's run.

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Poster: The_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Nov 11, 2013 1:54am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Video-Cellar, I have a question about the copyright of 1950s US series 'My Hero'

Oops, my mistake! Sorry for that. Thanks for the info.

I've been doing a lot of research today on TV...I've even submitted pages to IMDb for 4 different TV series today (2 of them DuMont, 1 of them ABV-2, and 1 of them WABD-TV), so please forgive me for making a mistake like that.

EDIT: Seems the episode I have, "The Little Caesar of Bleeker Street", might be one of the PD ones anyway. It appears to have been registered in 1980 as a "recorded document" which is years after broadcast, so would it be OK to upload?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Nov 12, 2013 11:43pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Video-Cellar, I have a question about the copyright of 1950s US series 'My Hero'

Yes that should be fine. If there is no LP/L (pre 1978 registration) or PA/PAu (post 1978 registration) or an RE renewal registration number it's public domain. Recorded documents are usually about transfers of ownership or mortgaging or rights.